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Monday, March 1, 2010

Lighting up our day...

Many times we have said that we love quick, easy projects.

This one was anything but.

Projects that involve electricity are not fun, or easy or quick for us.
Basically because when we work with wires, we have to think about it, focus and follow precise directions...yikes!

We knew that this floor lamp had potential:
TOP:


BOTTOM:

but to take it to a wonderful place of goodness we had to replace that glass shade for something more like this:

That's when the no-fun part started....

To replace this little part:

we screwed and unscrewed,
we tied and untied,
we put in and took off,
we screamed,
and even used some colorful Spanish words that we had not used in some time...
...until finally these 2 were in the right place...


After a much needed shower and coffee to recup, we moved to the fun part:
the vintage lampshade transformation....
burlap, lace and killer rhinestones buckle....

We are glad we didn't give up.
It took us about 5 tries (that felt like 50) to get those wires right but look at this beauty now....


Just in case you are wondering...
it even works!!!



"If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you"
~Author Unknown~


SOLD!

19 comments:

Linda said...

Oh that turned out so cute. I don't do lighting but my Mister does! I would blow something up! lol.

Barbara Jean said...

cute cute lamp idea!!

blessings

barbara jean

LuLu Kellogg said...

How Beautiful! I am having trouble finding lampshades to alter at the moment....yours is exactly the kind I need but they are very scarce around here.

Great Job!!

Love,
LuLu♥

Amy Kinser said...

Looks great.

Outofmymind said...

It turned out so ADORABLE. I LOVE IT!!! I also loved the peek at your floral chair. Thanx for inspiring me. Kelli Hansen

Sherry said...

The lamp turned out great...the lampshade is so cute!

Sandra Evertson said...

Fabulous redo!
Sandra Evertson

Susan said...

I love how the shade turned out, how pretty!

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

LOVE the shade - soooo worth it.

Sheila said...

I have always loved to rewire lamps. I take them apart use parts off one and put on another. replace the cords and shades. It is a chore sometimes when you get it all together and see you forgot something.. Back apart you go.. It turned out wonderful, glad you did not give up.. Love it.

Sweet Repose said...

Being a lampshade maker, I'm totally diggin' your creations. I've been playing with stencils on my shades of late...is it possible to have too much fun???

Lori said...

ooooooh, that is sooooooo pretty!!! i love quick and easy things too...esp when the outcome is as lovely as your lamp shade!!!

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

I simply love it...the whole story and the outcome!

Rene' said...

What a great idea to repurpose a lamp. Scrolling down I especially like your candle redo. So pretty. Thanks for the comment about the napkins.

Susan@The Cozy Chickadee said...

I am so in love with that lamp shade! I love the rhinestone pin, too. My mom had shoe buckles similar to that from the 50's that she gave me, and now I know exactly what to do with them!

A Cottage Muse said...

So charming!! Love the vintage jewel detail on the shade, perfect finishing touch!

the gypsy magpie said...

The lamp looks just great! It has such a vintage/layered look but at the same time is so sleek. Great combo. And I laughed when I read the quote at the bottom about 'if at first you don't succeed'... too funny girls!

oldgreymare said...

I love this post except it reminds me of a lamp in my family room that needs repair. Argh! Guess I should go do that.:-)

Suzan

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

you really made a super ugly lamp shade really chic!
God Bless